Feb. 8, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State swimming and diving team finished its home season by defeating Florida Atlantic on Friday afternoon at the Bobby E. Leach Center Pool. The Seminole women defeated the Owls 160-118 to earn their school record 16th victory of the season. The Florida State men (10-4, 2-2) beat FAU by a score of 178-98.
“That’s 16 wins now for the women’s team and that’s the most ever,” said FSU head coach Neil Harper. “I’m excited about that and I’m also excited about our crowd. A lot of fans came out today and it was a good way to finish up our home season.”
The FSU women’s team (16-2, 5-0) was lead by sophomore Stevi Steinhauer who swept the sprint events. The Pensacola, Fla. native won the 50 free in a time of 23.72 and touched the wall in the 100 free in 51.78. Freshman C.J. Hendry (Evans, Ga.) also won two events on the afternoon. Hendry was victorious in the 100 backstroke (57.27) and 200 butterfly (2:03.87).
“Stevi [Steinhauer] had really been coming on strong,” Harper said. “She’s really developed well and still has room to grow. C.J. [Hendry] is solid and swimming well. We’re going to have to decide which events she will score the highest in at ACC’s.”
Freshman Lowri Tynan (Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales) won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.34) while senior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) took a victory in the 100 butterfly (56.62). Junior Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) touched the wall in 1:51.95 to take the 200 free and freshman Jocelyn Phillips (Napa, Cali.) took the 500 free (4:57.63). Rounding out the winners are freshman Holly Mills in the 200 back (2:02.86) and junior Caroline Robertson in the 200 individual Medley (2:09.63).
On the men’s side it was a pair of Florida State seniors who led the way. Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands, England) won three events on the afternoon. Powell led off the meet with a win in the 100 back (51.41) and took home a second victory in the 200 free touching the wall in 1:44.77. His third and final win came in the 200 back (1:50.94). Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) ended his home career by sweeping the butterfly events. He won the 100 fly touching the wall in a time of 51.37 and the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.13
“I was happy for those guys [Ian Powell and Michael Rice] they have trained hard,” Harper said. “When you train hard, it’s good to see them contribute and allow them to remember their last home meet by taking home a couple of victories.”
Junior Scott Baker once again swept the sprint events. The Lake Mary, Fla. native was victorious in the 50 free (20.26) and 100 free (45.21). On the diving board, freshman Terry Horner broke the 400 point barrier for the fourth time this season in his victory on the one-meter (402.90). Junior Scott Derner helped FSU sweep the diving events with his win on the three-meter (351.10). Freshman Matt Shead (Welling, Kent, England) won the 100 breast (56.39) while freshman Ian Rowe (Towson, Md.) won the 1000 free touching the wall in 9:23.73. Nick Graves took home the Seminoles final victory in the pool winning the 500 free (4:37.32).
Florida State his back in the pool Saturday morning in Auburn, Ala., as the Seminole men and women take on defending National Champion Auburn at 11:00 a.m., the women also swim Arkansas. For results visit www.seminoles.com.